In the gym with a heavier weight than last week.
At the race you’re scared to run.
God, I hate 5Ks. But, here I am at the finish line, clearly not dead. Guess I’ll have to do another one even though I hate them with a fiery passion from Hell.
If you consistently go out and run the same pace, the same distance, the same road, you will be the same runner with the same times.
Long runs should be comfortable. They should feel pretty good. They should remind you of all the reasons you love to run and full of beautiful scenery.
Time to stop and take a picture of the budding Central Park trees during a long run? Sure. Why not?
But your weekly workouts, the majority of your runs–those should be hard. Like, H.A.R.D.
They should challenge you. You should push every single interval, every single hill, every single time. That’s where you change. That’s where you get stronger, faster, tougher.
Ever tried running on the track with Birdie? Yeah, this is approximately what it feels like chasing her wings around that oval. But I do it. Cuz I wanna be fast.
That’s where your PR is made, well outside of your zone.
Get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable. No one ever said it was going to be easy.
How do you get outside the zone and push yourself: run with a faster group, change up your terrain, train against the clock, hire a coach to give you workouts? Do you run the same route/pace/distance every day? Do you go to a group circuit training class to lift? What’s your secret?! Share it here.
Now go out and run.